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Sending a tapestry? Here’s a handy checklist

Sending a tapestry? Here’s a handy checklist

Hooray! You've finished your tapestry, so now it's time to have it made into a cushion. Before packing it up to post to the Jolly Red sewing team, here are a few reminders and suggestions: Check for missed stitches It's easy to miss stitches, particularly single 'dot'...

Jolly Red making up service for tapestry cushions

Jolly Red making up service for tapestry cushions

You've finished your tapestry, so now's the time to post it to us for our sewing ladies to work their magic. We've set out links to our fabric selections below, to help you choose the colours and fabric you'd like us to use when sending your tapestry to us for making...

Cotton fabric for your tapestry

Cotton fabric for your tapestry

Our range of cotton fabric continues to grow. Many of the shades that we stock have a 'faded bright' look to them, colours which work well with our tapestry designs. We also have some lovely bright colours so if you're looking for a clean and crisp finish to your...

New Indian Summer tapestry kit

New Indian Summer tapestry kit

Relax and unwind with our new Indian Summer tapestry, perfect to stitch at home or to take with you on holiday. The bright flowers glow against their indigo blue background. Indian Summer joins Wildflower Meadow and Moonlight Garden, popular designs which we brought...

It’s apple season! New wedding tapestry

It’s apple season! New wedding tapestry

We have been so delighted with the response to our Apple Tree Wedding tapestry that we launched earlier this year that we have added a new colourway for you. Apple Season Wedding includes some adorable autumnal tweaks. Apple Tree Wedding was immediately popular...

Velvet fabric for your tapestry

Velvet fabric for your tapestry

You've finished your tapestry and now it's time for the next stage, the making up. If zips and piping take you out of your comfort zone, help is at hand with our popular making up service. We have a team of skilled upholsterers who can make up your work for you, with...

Fabric choices for your Christmas stocking

Fabric choices for your Christmas stocking

The summer months mark the official start of Christmas stocking season in our topsy-turvy tapestry world. We receive Jolly Redders' stitched Christmas stockings all year for our Making up Service, but from July onwards the pace really picks up. If you've just finished...

Woolly fabric for your tapestry

Woolly fabric for your tapestry

Our wool mix fabric provides a cosy and substantial backing for a cushion. It's hardwearing and has a slightly rustic feel. If you've finished a tapestry and need a sturdy and practical fabric for the backing, our woolly range may well be for you. We don't have as...

Fabric for your Grey Hearts tapestry

Fabric for your Grey Hearts tapestry

Grey Hearts is a Jolly Red tapestry that comes in regularly for our sewing ladies to make into a cushion. There are lots of different fabric options for your Grey Hearts tapestry if you've finished stitching one and are about to send it in to us for making up, so...

New! Bouncin’ Blue Cats tapestry kit

New! Bouncin’ Blue Cats tapestry kit

Hello cat lovers! Our new Bouncin' Blue Cats tapestry kit has come to join in the woolly fun, as friends for our Jumpin' Jack Cats tapestry. Jumpin' Jack Cats is a fantastic tapestry design, with its perfect balance of patterned and plain areas. However, sometimes one...

Fabric for your Arts & Crafts Owls tapestry

Fabric for your Arts & Crafts Owls tapestry

...and Arts and Crafts Tiles! Today we'll take a look at some of the fabric options for Arts and Crafts Owls and its partner tapestry, Arts and Crafts Tiles. If you're about to send in a finished canvas for our Making up Service, it's hard to know which colour - or...

New fabric for your tapestry

New fabric for your tapestry

Hello! Today we bring you an exciting update about some new fabric that we have in stock. We are constantly looking for new colours to complement our tapestry designs, and to fill any colour gaps. I've been on a personal quest to find a 'proper yellow', and finally...

Home Sweet Workshop

Home Sweet Workshop

How time flies! We've been in our new home for about a month and already it feels like home. Thank you so much for your very kind messages and cards. Some of you asked to see pictures of our workshop once we've settled in, so here we are with a glimpse into our new...

We’re still here!

We’re still here!

Good morning! It's the start of another very strange week for all of us, and we want to reassure you that we are still working, making up tapestries and sending out kits from our Somerset HQ. Since the launch of our new Blossom Birds tapestry, we've been very busy....

Fabric for your Owls Christmas stocking

Fabric for your Owls Christmas stocking

Our owl-themed Christmas stocking kits are available in each of our two Christmas stocking shapes. First, we have the larger Owls stocking, measuring 19″ x 14″ (48cm x 36cm) at tallest/widest points and then there are their smaller friends the Woodland Owls, measuring...

Fabric for your Tree of Life

Fabric for your Tree of Life

Tree of Life is one of our most versatile tapestry designs. It'll take pride of place at home on your favourite armchair or sofa, and will look wonderful in a conservatory or summerhouse. With space between the tree and the lower border of the design, there's always...

Cool cats get in early

Cool cats get in early

A big sunny hello! It's midsummer, that time of year when we gently remind you to send in your finished tapestries for our Making up Service. It's a busy time of year in the garden, but it would be great if you could take a break to dig out (excuse the pun) any...

Fabric for your Camelcade tapestry

Fabric for your Camelcade tapestry

Colours! Neutral, or bold? One fabric, or mix them up? It's decision time, the next step when you've completed a tapestry and want to have it made into a cushion. Jolly Red stitchers come up with all manner of fabulous ideas when sending in their parcels for our...

Fabric for Ba-Ba-Bloom and Ba-Ba-Birds

Fabric for Ba-Ba-Bloom and Ba-Ba-Birds

Today we're looking at fabric for Ba-Ba-Bloom and Ba-Ba-Birds tapestries. If you're sending your tapestry in for our making up service there are many choices and combinations for these two tapestries, from grey woolly fabric through to orange velvet and lime cotton....

Fabric for your Indian Elephant

Fabric for your Indian Elephant

Indian Elephant is a good tapestry to stitch at any time of the year. In the dark winter months the design's strong shapes and clear colours make stitching in the evening stitching a pleasure, and what's more there are absolutely no fiddly bits or pesky shading. Quite...

Does my tapestry need a mitred border?

Does my tapestry need a mitred border?

In the Making Up Service area of our website at jollyred.co.uk, we mention something called a mitred border. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, we've compiled some pictures to show you how a mitred border can literally add a bit extra to a finished...

Ba-Ba-Bloom! Your new favourite floral

Ba-Ba-Bloom! Your new favourite floral

What a wonderful response we've had to our new retro floral design, Ba-Ba-Bloom. Thank you so much for your orders, comments and all-round enthusiasm. This really is the floral design you've been waiting for! We are so pleased with the design, which resulted from many...

Visiting our tapestry workshop

Visiting our tapestry workshop

It's visiting season in our Somerset HQ, and in the last few weeks there's been a steady flow of people popping in to pick up new tapestry projects, or bringing in completed tapestries for our Making up Service. If you're planning a visit, bear in mind that we don't...

Stitching for a new baby? It’s as easy as ABC!

Stitching for a new baby? It’s as easy as ABC!

What a lot of birth sampler cushions we see in our hideaway HQ! The lovely thing about the tapestries is that they are all so different, with their own little tweaks here and there. The name panel on each one is unique too, which is just as well as we often have...